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One day in Iceland can last a long time

During the Midnight Sun, the sun never fully sets, but hovers across the horizon during the night. The prolonged ‘sunset’ and ‘sunrise’ provide perfect light for photographers.

Photographer Joe Capra is our ‘keenie’ of the day. He writes –

“For 17 days I travelled solo around the entire island shooting almost 24 hours, sleeping in the car, and eating whenever I had the time. During my days shooting this film I shot 38,000 images, travelled some 2900 miles, and saw some of the most amazing, beautiful, and indescribable landscapes on the planet. Iceland is absolutely one of the most beautiful and unusual places you could ever imagine.”

This time lapse film showcases the spectacular landscape of Iceland.

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Researches at MIT have thousands of images of TB bacteria undergoing multiplication. Hidden Somewhere in these photos is the key to finding a cure for the illness.

But the task of analyzing them all would take many many years.

Crowdsourcing uses the power of the online community to undertake tasks hat would otherwise be impossible.

Crowdflower.com has one million users in 90 countries. It ususally provides service to large coporations. The team at MIT are using the wisdom of the crowd to analysis and sanitize their database of images.

Want to help?

http://crowdflower.com/judgements/mob/676476

What I Learnt On 27th October in other years

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Anton Tang in an artist from Singapore.

He shares his neighbourhood with a rather fabuolous family of small cardboard people.

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Ring Ring, The Happiest Sound of them All

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Don’t you just love getting a phone call at home at 7pm each night to let you know about some fascinating opportunity to save money? Or a call tat gives you the chance to help an organization in need?

And Isn’t it nice to be able to chat with some interesting person from another country.

Over the last five years I’ve signed up a new telephone plan each  and bought every raffle ticket on offer. Strangely, my phonebill gets higher and higher, and I’ve yet to receive my new house, boat, car, and cruise.

Alas, our phone is quiet now. We signed on to the governments ‘Do Not Call’ program. ( I acknowledge that we may be the last house in the country to do so. That woud be why we got so many calls – we were the only number left on the call centre’s list)

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Most remarkably, the ‘Do Not Call’ process through the web site was quick and easy. Who are you? What numbers do you want blocked? Done.

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Our Kiwi friends can breathe a huge collective sigh of relief.

Full time has been called on Rugby World Cup 2011 – with the same results as the first one in 1987.

The same four teams make up the top four (although in 1987 Wales beat Australia 22-21 in the Bronze playoff, to claim third place). 

And New Zealand today defeated France in the final – by just one point. (9-8)

Although France played the better game today, one can’t begrudge the All Blacks the victory. 

There is no doubt that they have been the dominant team over the last four years, and the best team at this World Cup. They defeated France 37-17 only one month ago, and had to beat both their world cup ‘bogeymen’, Australia and France, to claim the cup.

Captain Richie McCaw showed that not only is he the best player in the world, he is the best at interpreting what is permitted under the laws of the game.

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If you get in now you can secure your tickets for the World Cup Final in London on 17th October 2015, when their captain David Pocock will lead Australia to victory over the All Blacks 28-6, Quade Cooper being announced Player of the Tournament.

PS Hamish, if not for a French goal that just missed, I’d be directing you to Bluff Your Way in the World Cup Part Three.

 

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